Kyle Anne Citrynell

Seiller Waterman LLC
462 S. Fourth Street, 22nd Floor
Louisville, KY 40202
United States

Tel: (502) 584-7400


Kyle Anne Citrynell has a national litigation and transactional practice in the areas of arts, entertainment, media, publishing, and technology, and intellectual property law. Kyle has litigated copyright, trademark, trade dress, trade secret and patent matters, and cases involving business torts and unfair competition, as well as employment and products liability. She has worked with for-profit and tax-exempt organizations from formation and as corporate counsel and in the negotiation and memorialization of a wide variety of licensing, merchandising, distribution and franchising transactions for inventors, artists, film and event producers, performers, musicians, authors, magazine, book and website publishers, software and multimedia creators and radio and television stations among others. Kyle has written and lectured extensively, both nationally and internationally, in her areas of practice concentration, including as a regular contributor to Louisville’s business newspaper, Business First, and Audience magazine. Kyle was graduated from Duke University (B.A. ’77; J.D. ’80) and came to Louisville in 1980 to work with the Kentucky Arts Commission and Fund for the Arts to establish Professional Services to the Arts which provided legal, accounting, banking and insurance services to artists and arts groups.

  • Litigated and managed over 30 simultaneous copyright infringement cases on behalf of an internationally recognized sculptor against major retailers, catalog companies and importers.
  • Represented plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving misappropriation of trade secrets, interference with contracts and prospective business advantage, deceptive trade practices, and unfair competition.
  • Represented plaintiffs and defendants in products liability cases involving industrial and medical devices.
  • Represented plaintiffs and defendants in technology cases involving software and website design, development and contract issues.
  • Filed and prosecuted over 350 trademark applications, and represented petitioners and respondents in opposition and cancellation proceedings in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
  • Acted as domestic representative for foreign applicants and law firms on behalf of their United States trademark applications.

The intellectual property attorneys at Seiller Waterman recognize that every business has valuable intellectual property assets-copyrights, trademarks, trade dress, patents, trade secrets and domain names–that require maintenance and protection. We guide new and established businesses through intellectual property registrations and portfolio management to fully identify their intellectual property holdings. We teach our clients to recognize intellectual property and to seek its protection before untimely disclosure which may cause that property to be lost.

Through registration, litigation and contractual drafting, the attorneys at Seiller Waterman help our clients enhance and protect their goodwill and market positions, and fend off competitors who would unfairly compete through unauthorized duplication or simulation of our clients’ products, services and marketing. We use contracts and documentation so that our clients can own and license the intellectual property rights in which they have invested research, development and capital. Using proper licensing and merchandising tools, we help our clients delineate business alliances and distribution channels and methods, create franchise relationships, license the manufacture and development of collateral products and enhance the marketability of an idea, expression or invention.

We make it a point to understand the business arenas in which our clients operate, the competition that our clients face, and the regulatory environments in which they must conduct their business. We are aggressive advocates of our clients’ rights when litigation is necessary to protect their intellectual property. We have represented plaintiffs and defendants in complex cases involving copyrights, trademarks, trade dress, trade secrets, and patents, and contractual, commercial and employment disputes.

The intellectual property team at Seiller Waterman is particularly sensitive to the needs of individual creators and business proprietors. We represent a broad cross section of individuals and entities engaged in the creative enterprises including art, entertainment, media and publishing. We are experienced in working for and with sculptors, illustrators, painters and textile artists, actors and theatre companies, musicians and talent managers, writers and publishers, software and media developers, web designers and hosts, filmmakers and broadcasters, event and concert producers and promoters, venue managers, advertising and marketing firms. We pride ourselves on being able to assist our clients through all stages of the life of their businesses and their creations-including by preparing their estates for smooth transition of ownership.

Our intellectual property and entertainment practices is interconnected around the world through Legal Netlink Alliance, an international network of carefully selected, independent law firms. This worldwide reach, combined with extensive experience, allows us to serve our clients in complex industries that are increasingly reliant on cross-border transactions, and frequently, subject to regulations in multiple jurisdictions.

Seiller Waterman LLC was established in December, 2005, when a merger brought together two respected Louisville firms with long multi-generational traditions of serving the legal needs of the region: Morris, Garlove, Waterman & Johnson PLLC and Seiller & Handmaker, LLC.

Seiller Waterman and its predecessor firms offer more than a century of cumulative experience delivering excellent service to our clients and the community.

The firm has a diversified regional practice, offering everything from business law and complex commercial litigation to personal injury, family law, and tax and estate planning services. Visit our Practice Areas page for an overview of the firm’s capabilities.

With our attorneys and skilled professional support staff, our firm offers an excellent value to our clients by producing a high-quality work product without the overhead and administrative bureaucracy associated with larger firms.